Takashi Shimizu Confirmed for the Live-Action 'Kiki's Delivery Service'
Another day, another remake. This time they're re-adapting one of Hayao Miyazaki's original classics, the 1989 film Kiki's Delivery Service. There's been rumblings of a live-action version of Kiki for a while, but Twitch has recently confirmed that director Takashi Shimizu is signed on to helm the live-action project. It's originally based on the novel by Kadono Eiko, which is where they'll be drawing from for this new take. While many have denied the film's existence, Japanese sports news sites are confirming details because 16-year-old figure skater Koshiba Fuka has been cast in the lead role as Kiki. This sounds like it will be fun.
Kiki's Delivery Service is about a young witch named Kiki (to be played by young actress Koshiba Fuka), on her mandatory year of independent life, who starts a delivery service for a bakery in the town of Koriko. Twitch says that, despite the rumors, "the live action version is coming, Shimizu is directing," and will "go deeper into the story than did the Ghibli version." No word on who exactly is producing, but it sounds like Studio Ghibli has nothing to do with this. Takashi Shimizu is a highly regarded Japanese horror filmmaker responsible for the Ju-on: The Grudge series, The Shock Labyrinth, Tormented and upcoming 7500. This seems like a change of direction for Shimizu, but he's also a great choice for a live-action take on this story.